Tuesday, December 03, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday December 5 to Thursday December 12
The Full Moon is Thursday December 12.
The left upper insert shows the telescopic view of Jupiter at this time. The lower right insert shows the telescopic view of Saturn and the lower left is Venus at the same magnification .
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.
Mars is low above the horizon below Spica and above Mercury. You may need binoculars to see Mercury.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (30 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
Mira (omicron ceti), a star in the constellation of Cetus the whale, is a long period pulsating red giant and changes brightness from below naked eye visibility to a peak of round magnitude 2 (roughly as bright as beta Crucis in the Southern Cross) in around 330 days.
Mira was predicted to peak with maximum of 3.4 around 24 October. However, many observers are still reporting it as bright(ish). Mira may be seen above the northern horizon from around 90 minutes after sunset. Mira is currently visible to the unaided eye and may noticeably fade over December. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.
Venus is higher above the western horizon in the late evening twilight. Venus is now readily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset.Venus comes closer to Saturn over the week as it leaves Jupiter behind.Venus and Saturn are at their closest on the 11th.
Mercury is low in the twilight but is still difficult to see.
Jupiter is still visible low in the western twilight below Venus. Jupiter sets around 60 minutes after sunset. This is the last week to easily see Jupiter before it disapears in the twilight glow.
Mars is visible in the morning twilight above Mercury
Saturn is above Jupiter and Venus and near the "handle" of the "teapot of Sagittarius. Venus comes closer to Saturn over the week and the pair are at their closest on the 11th.
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEDST, Western sky at 10 pm AEDST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.
Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to current time.
Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.
Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/
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